Opportunities for Biogas Utilisation in East Africa: A Case Study of Uganda
Sören Richter1, Noble Banadda2, Kerstin Wydra1
1University of Applied Science Erfurt, Fac. of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Forestry, Germany
Loss of nutrients and minerals along value chains of fruits and vegetables are a major constrain in East Africa and contributes to an increased food insecurity and social problems such as malnutrition, unemployment and poverty. Within the FruVaSe-Project ('Fruits and Vegetables for all season' supported by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)) improvements for fruit and vegetable processing are developed to address these problems. To improve cyclic processes, wastes from the processing should be utilised in a biogas process. This renewable energy technology is accepted as key technology for energy transition to reduce traditional wood fuel use and replace it by renewable energy sources especially for cooking purposes. Although the economy in East African countries (EAC) is strongly characterised by agriculture and high amounts of utilisable wastes, the biogas dissemination is still quite limited. In a mixed methodological approach, consisting of literature review, expert interviews and a SWOT analysis challenges in the implementation of biogas projects in the EAC and Uganda were identified.
Keywords: Abandon factors, biogas, domestic, failure, fruit processing, mixed methods, renewable energy, waste utilisation, water
Contact Address: Sören Richter, University of Applied Science Erfurt, Fac. of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Forestry, Leipziger Straße 77, 99085 Erfurt, Germany, e-mail: soeren.richterdbfz.de